History of Art (Master)

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Graduates of this master’s programme are familiar with the scope and methods of the discipline and are able to carry out independent research in the field of art history, going beyond the level acquired during the bachelor’s programme. They are able to define topics of art history in a meaningful way, formulate research questions and hypotheses, define the objectives of their academic research and achieve these objectives by critically analysing the relevant specialist literature.

Students have to complete courses in the following areas:

  • Medieval art history (late antiquity/Middle Ages)
  • Early modern art history (early modern period)
  • Modern art history (modern period)
  • Contemporary art
  • Central European art history
  • Byzantine art history
  • Islamic art history
  • Asian art history

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 835

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination

Curriculum

Attention

Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme in Art History consists of eleven compulsory modules: Specialisation I-III, field trips “Austria in its Historical Context” and “Beyond Austria”, Practical Applications of History of Art and Architecture, Methods/Theory, Emphasis: History of Art and Architecture, Individual Focus, as well as the compulsory modules Master’s Thesis and the Colloquium for Master’s Students.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Reception of images
  • Art literature
  • Field trip
  • Contemporary art
  • Curate

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.



After Graduation

The specialised knowledge and intellectual competences acquired during the master's programme qualify students for activities in academia or for activities that require academic expertise:

  • at universities and research institutions
  • at museums, galleries and in the area of communication of the arts
  • in the area of art criticism
  • in the area of monument preservation and cultural heritage protection
  • in art trade
  • in publishing
  • in cultural management
  • at archives
  • in the area of cultural policy.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates